CUREJ - College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal

 

Our Commitment to Research

The University of Pennsylvania was founded on the principle of uncompromising scholarship and its practical application. True to this tradition, the University has long been recognized as one of the nation's leading research institutions. Penn's College of Arts and Sciences is proud to be among the first to formally support and encourage its undergraduate students to participate in meaningful research with faculty mentors. The College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal presents a sampling of that research and celebrates the academic achievements of our young scholars.

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    Social Sciences

    Researcher: Amelia Duffy-Tumasz
    Topic: Credit and Co-Wives : exploring empowerment in Senegal
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    Natural Sciences

    Researcher: Michael J. Gertner
    Topic: The role of norepinephrine in spatial reference and spatial working memory.
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    Humanities

    Researcher: Joseph L. Dela Pena
    Topic: Otaku: Images and Identity in Flux
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Papers from 2014

Capitalism Democracy and Food Stamps: A Case for the Right to Food in the Land of Freedom and Plenty, Emilie Abrams

Mollifying the Muses: An Exploration of Conflict in the Life and Works of Iannis Xenakis, Davis S. Butner

Gay and Lesbian Rights in Confucian Asia: The Cases of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan, John Cheo

Photography as History in the American Civil War, Serena Covkin

Strategic Culture as the Basis for Military Adaptive Capacity: Overcoming battlefield technological surprises, Jacob H. Miller

"A Tempestuous Voyage at Sea and a Fatiguing One by Land": Ulsterwomen in Philadelphia, 1783-1812, Sarah V. Riblet

Wildfire Risk and the Residential Housing Market: A Spatial Hedonic Analysis, A.J. Rossi

Public Goods, Private Money: The Role Of Private Contributions In Public School Districts, Lucas R. Salzman

Racial Bias and Interstate Highway Planning: A Mixed Methods Approach, Bradford P. Sherman

Unlocking the Latino Vote: Civic Organizations As Tools for Latino Voter Mobilization and Participation, Elizabeth L. Thom

Papers from 2013

A Marriage Made in Heaven, Now Destined for Doom? The Long-Term Prospects for the New Right, Courtney E. Albini

A Tale of Two Movements: Consumer Protection in the U.S. from 1969 to 2010, Diya Berger

The Woman Question in Revolutionary Cuba: Is Marxism Really Working for Women?, Lillian SK Gomperts

Genetically Modified Organisms and Southern African Food Policy, Andrew J. Leahey

From Beijing to Baghdad: Stability and Decision-making in Sino-Iraqi Relations, 1958-2012, Scott J. Lee

Virtual Pakistan 2013: An Agent-based Modeling Analysis, Quratul-Ann Malik

Breakaway States: Understanding When The International Community Recognizes The Legitimacy of Separatist States, Brian Zachary Mund

In Defense of Sovereignty: An Analysis of Russian Voting Behavior in the United Nations Security Council (1995-2012), Brian Zachary Mund

The People's Liberation Army Navy: The Motivations Behind Beijing's Naval Modernization, Binh Nguyen

European Disintegration: Anti-Greek Bias in the Eurozone Crisis, Eleni Pavlakis

No School Left Uncorrupted: How Cheating, High-Stakes Testing, and Declining Budgets Affected Student Achievement in Philadelphia, James R. Sadler

Consensus Democracy and State Performance: Evaluating the Impact of Coalition Government on Indian States, Vandit D. Shah

Revolutions In Military Affairs: A Theory On First-Mover Advantage, Andrew Bernard Silverstein

The Other Pro-Israel Lobby: The Mearsheimer and Walt Controversy and the Rise of J Street, Maya Spitzer

The Effects of Private Walls on Relationships Across Class and Race in the New South Africa, Daniel Torrington

American Communism and Cold War Censorship: The Creation of a New American Citizen, Matthew P. Valdespino

Papers from 2012

No Longer Dhimmis: How European Intervention in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Empowered Copts in Egypt, Patrick Victor Elyas

The Switch In Time That Saved Nine: A Study of Justice Owen Roberts's Vote in West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish, Brian T. Goldman

Bowling Online: Examining Social Capital and the Impact of Internet-Generated Interactions, Alon Gur

The IRA's Hunger Game: Game Theory, Political Bargaining and the Management of the 1980-1981 Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland, Meghan M. Hussey

Bureaucracy in Crisis: How the State Department Responded to 9/11, Darina Shtrakhman

Take the Money and Run: Business Influence in the Legislative Process, Jacob T. Silverman

Humanitarian Coordination and Response: International Partnerships in Face of Natural Disasters, Julia C. Wong

Papers from 2011

Proposition 8: Religion, Morality Politics and California's Same-Sex Marriage Debate, Nathalie Jill Kun Baker

ROMA SURRECTA: Portrait of a Counterinsurgent Power, 216 BC - AD 72, Emerson T. Brooking

The Unintended Political Consequences of Higher Education in the PRC, Allison Carroll Goldman

Multilateral Intervention in Intrastate Conflict: A Comparative Analysis of Bosnia, Somalia, and Darfur, Yuri S. Fuchs

How Congresswomen of Color Affect Policymaking in the U.S.: 110th - 111th Congress, Chiyel R. Hayles

Cousins Across the Pond: Crises in Westminster and the Parliamentary Model's Usefulness for Reform of the U.S. Model, Cory J. Krasnoff

Does It Still Matter? The Impact of the Vietnam Syndrome on American Foreign Policy, Jeanne Michele Mariani

Women's Participation in Peacebuilding: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle?, Mary K. McCarthy

Roads of War: Paved Highways and the Rise of IED Attacks in Afghanistan, Evan W. Medina

Game Changers in US Defense Strategy: An Examination of the Causes Behind the Increased Emphasis on Irregular Warfare Since 9/11, Jessica Parisi

Democratic Political Socialization on University Campuses, Amit B. Patel

Bringing Down the House: The Causes and Effects of the Decline of Personal Relationships in the U.S. House of Representatives, Evan Philipson

Political Opportunity and the TEA Party – Why and Where TEA Party Protests Occurred, Daniel Rudofsky

The Military Dimensions of Post-Cold War US Oil Policy: Access to Oil and Consequences for Geostrategy, Andrew Ryan Schlossberg

Drugs and Revolution: The Effect of Narcotics Revenue on Rebel Group Goals, Gideon Spitzer

First Amendment "Beefs": Agricultural Checkoff Programs and Freedom of Speech, Sarah A. Vaughn

Papers from 2010

The Political Mobilization of the Arab Minority in Israel: Shifts in Political Demands and Activities, Sherihan Abd El Rahman

Health Reform Bill Revised: Can HSAs With HDHPs Save Obamacare?, Marla Becker

True Access: User Benefits to Water in Urban South Africa, Megan K. Calpin

C. F. A. Voysey: The Retrospective Career of the “Pioneer of the Modern Movement", Laura Dean

A TALE OF TWO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS: TUNISIA AND MOROCCO, Steven J. Friedman

Populism and Liberal Democracies: Why Palin’s Populism Won’t Work, Rebecca Greenfield

Demolition Men: Contemporary Britain and the Battle of Brutalism, Susannah L. Grossman

The Failure of Education Policy in Israel: Politics vs. Bureaucracy, Alexandra F. Leavy

Rethinking Judicialization: Towards a Better Empirical Model, Ryan J. Levan

The Path to Women's Empowerment: Understanding the Rise of the Self Employed Women's Association, Orly T. May

Keeping Score in the 2010 World Cup: How Do Sports Mega-Events Compete with Pro-Poor Development?, Jessica Riegel

A Local Analysis of Regional Differences in Economic Indicators and Electoral Outcomes, Mukul Sharma

The Asian Currency Crisis: The Role of Industrial Policy and Imbalanced Embedded Autonomy, Adrian J. Shin

Why is there No EU Constitution? An Analysis of Institutional Constitution-Making in the European Union, Emily E. Toops

Effective Censorship: Maintaining Control In China, Michelle (Qian) Yang

Papers from 2009

Beyond the Ley de Cupos: The Variation in Gender Empowerment between Argentina and Chile, Ameya S. Ananth

Language Policy and National Unity: The Dilemma of the Kurdish Language in Turkey, Dicle Cemiloglu

Gender and the Presidential "Horserace": An Examination of Candidate Self-Presentation in the 2008 Democratic Primaries, Abigail M. Coyle

The Party Controls the Gun, but How? Institutionalization as a Trend in Chinese Civil-Military Relations, Katherine V. Fleming

USINPAC and the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal: Lasting Influence or One Shot Victory?, Allison Marz Freedman

The Rapid Sequence of Events Forcing the Senate's Hand: A Reappraisal of the Seventeenth Amendment, 1890-1913, Joseph S. Friedman

The Flat Tax: An Examination of the Baltic States, Deena Greenberg

The Problem of Hylomorphism and Dualism in Avicenna: A Guide to Resolving Other Tensions, Andre M. Gregori

Affordable Housing & Cross-Sector Partnerships: Improving the Bottom Line, Erika S. Herman

The Chinese Primary Care System: Its Evolution, Challenges and Legal Aspects of Reform, Thomas Hou

Towards A Politics of Truths: The Political Theory of Alain Badiou, Thomas A. Huddleston

Congress in Crisis: Destabilizing Events and the American Legislative Process in the Postreform Era, Daniel M. Isaacs

The Puzzling Persistence of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", Elizabeth D. King

The Role of Feminine Rhetoric in Male Presidential Discourse: Achieving Speech Purpose, Lindsay R. Larner

Holding Up Half the Sky: Democracy and its Implications for Chinese Women, Annie L. Lee

"The Diversity of Theoretical Classifications: Scholarly Treatment of the Monarchic Political Formula in the Analysis of Modernization Efforts in Pahlavi Iran", Bharat K. Moudgil

The Return of the Nativist? Why did anti-migrant parties emerge and succeed in Mumbai, fail in Bangalore, and not even emerge in Delhi?, Rahul Reddy

Hunger In a Land of Plenty: The Benefits of a Rights-Based Approach to India's Mid Day Meal Scheme, Priya Shankar

Untapped Talent: Finding Ways to Educate America’s Low-Income High-Achieving Students, Kelly M. Siddle

Return of the Bear? The Extent of Russian Revisionism as Applied to Oil and Gas Machinations, Julie Steinberg

Multiple – Wavelength Catalogs of the Point Sources in the South Ecliptic Pole Region Detected by Blast, Jens von der Linden

Crafting Democracy through Constitutional Change: Comparing the Recent Cases of Romania and Serbia in the Context of EU Incentives, Caitlin L. Wood

The Republican Security Logic of NATO Enlargement, Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld

Papers from 2008

"Playing in the Doll's House of Revolution": White Students and Activists Involved in the Black Power Movement, Siobhan C. Atkins

The Guarantor of Unity In a Deeply Divided State: An Analysis of the Iraqi Constitution of 2005, Alyssa C. Casey

Gendered Residential Space, KeAndra D. Dodds

The United States and Northern Ireland: International Pressures as an Impetus for Civil Rights Progress, Erin Escoffery

The Revival of Mishnah Study in the Early Modern Period, David Faleck

Political Polarization in America, Through the Eyes of a President, David Helfenbein

Martyrs in Mesopotamia: The Logic of Suicide Terrorism in Iraq, Brian M. Kelly

Penn Teaches Resiliency: Proposal for a New Psychology-Based Academically Based Community Service Course, Amy Kranzler and Jeremy Price

Battle from the Bottom: The Role of Indigenous AIDS NGOs in Botswana, Robert M. Strain

Neither Right, Nor Left, But French? Historical Legacies, the Rise of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, and the Far Right in France, Nadia van de Walle

An Agent-Based Model of Viral Marketing: Comparing online-based viral and traditional marketing in a closed system for fashion trends in a competitive setting, Tony S. Wang

Gender, Image, and Sound in Letter to Jane, Siwei Zhou

Papers from 2007

Consociationalism in Lebanon, Sara G. Barclay

Mortality of US Troops in the Iraq War, 2003-2006, Emily F. Buzzell

Tree Shadow Series, Rita M. DeAngelo

The Effects of Aging and Brain Damage on Time Perception, Virendra R. Desai

Dimensions of Erewhon: The Modern Orpheus in Guy Davenport's "The Dawn in Erewhon", Patrick Dillon

Educating Undergraduates for Democracy and Efficacy and the 2006 Penn Democracy Project, Max J. Dubin

Information Technology, Regime Stability and Democratic Meaningfulness: A Normative Evaluation of Present and Potential Trends, David A. Fraga

The Spread of Raising: Opacity, lexicalization, and diffusion, Josef T. Fruehwald

Lyndon Johnson's Unfinished Legacy: The 1964 State of the Union Address and the "War on Poverty", Jordan M. Grossman

Dissension on the Shores of the Uruguay River: Adjusted Winner, and the Pulp Mill conflict between Argentina and Uruguay, Davis Herron

An Analysis of the Opening Credit Sequence in Film, Melis Inceer

How the Influence of Religion Makes the Foreign Policy of the Bush Administration Revolutionary, and How This Has Affected Our Relations with European Allies, Alexandra Kougentakis

The Semantic View and the Alpha-model, Richard W. Lawrence

Philadelphia's Chinatown: An Ethnic Enclave Economy in a Changing Landscape, Jun Li

Skepticism and Belief In Early-Modern France: The Fideism of Bishop Pierre-Daniel Huet, Anton M. Matytsin

Disaster Response in the United States of America: An Analysis of the Bureaucratic and Political History of a Failing System, Andrew S. Mener

The Color of Industry: Frank Stella, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol, Jenna C. Moss

Grandchildren as Unifiers in Intergenerational Relations, Mana Nakagawa

Within, Without: New Media and the White Cube, Alexandra T. Nemerov

Ambassadors, Explorers, and Allies: A Study of African-European Diplomatic Relationships, 1400-1600, Andrea Felber Seligman

The No No-Miracles-Argument Argument, Daniel J. Singer

Aggregating Earnings per Share Forecasts, Greg Slavin

Gender Plus: Toward a More Inclusive Feminism, Corinne M. Smith

How Do We Build Democracy In Iraq? Identifying the Theoretical Foundations of the U.S. Effort to Bring Stable Democracy to Iraq, Philip Tassin

"Tha Realness": In Search of Hip-Hop Authenticity, Jonathan D. Williams

Economic Interdependence and Peace in Transitional Democracies, Alexander Wooten

Papers from 2006

Frames of Mind: Photography, Memory and Identity, Patricia Marcella Anwandter

Cruel to be kind: The role of the evolution of altruistic punishment in sustaining human cooperation in public goods games, Kelly L. Cataldo

Corporate-NGO Partnerships for Sustainable Development, Corinne Damlamian

Artificially Sweetened: An Analysis of the United States Sugar Program, Adam H. Dean

Otaku: Images and Identity in Flux, Joseph L. Dela Pena

Unity in Identity, Disunity in Execution: Expressions of French National Identity at the 1937 Paris World’s Fair, Peter Feldman

"Tee-hee!" Quod She, My Vulgar Darling: Detecting the Adolescent Female Voice through Rebellion and the Ribald in Nabokov's Lolita and Chaucer's Miller's Tale, Kathryn M. Fleishman

The role of norepinephrine in spatial reference and spatial working memory, Michael J. Gertner and Steven A. Thomas

In Her Wonderland, Trina E. Gordon

The Theatricality of Transformation: cross-dressing and gender/sexuality spectra on the Elizabethan stage, Sara E. Gorman

"Thus he rode sorowyng": Travel Narratives and the Ethics of Sexual Behavior in Le Morte d'Arthur, Sara E. Gorman

Revisiting the Iron Cage: New Insights in Institutions Theory from Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Michael D. Grosack

Fair Use in Independent Documentary Filmmaking, Margaret Hennefeld

The Aesthetic Politics of Hollywood's Chain Gang in FDR's America, Margaret Hennefeld

La búsqueda del diamante-rubí: Una discusión sobre la emergencia de la mujer paradójicamente ideal en la literatura modernista, Aiesha L. Hill

Creating a World for "As You Like It", Benjamin H. Kamine

Visualizing the Random, Rare, and Jackpot Nature of Genetic Mutations--A Self Portrait, Emily F. Kauvar

Untitled, Victoria L. Kimball

Differentiating the Hype and Substance of Philadelphia's Renaissance, Ji Hea Kim

Perceptual Distortions, Jennifer M. Klein

Metaphorical Illness in Hemingway's Works, Jessica E. Lahrmann

"Account Me Man": Economic Incarnation and Common Wealth in Paradise Lost, Thomas Lay

Asian American Studies: Identity Formation in Korean American Parachute Kids, Albert J. Lee

A Drink from the Group, Livia Levine

Philindustry: The Public Re-Use of Philadelphia's Industrial Landscape, Ethan A. Lipsitz

Guiding Youth to Careers: Do Mentoring Programs Benefit Urban Youth?, Matthew R. Malone

Gallimaufray and Hellebore: Edmund Spenser and Ben Jonson in dialogue with the past, Ruth M. McAdams

Uranium Mining on the Navajo Indian Reservation: An Environmental Examination of the Process and Impact, Caitlin A. McElroy

Augustine and Problems of Scriptural Interpretation, Jessica M. Morton

The People's Republic of China's Development of Strategic Petroleum Stockpiles, Daniel Nieh

Paradigm of Living: Modern Residential Architecture on the East End of Long Island, Tiffany M. Obser

Debt and Development: Exploring the microfinance debate in Senegal, Mallory A. Owen

Una ficción documental: el problema individuo/colectivo en el cine de Imanol Uribe, Adam G. Panopoulos

An Ethnographic Look at Healthcare Choices of the Working Poor, Nicholas Pulos

Advice and Consent: A Four Era Model Exploring the Evolution of the Appointments Clause…, Brian Rosenwald

Inadvertent Educators: Russian Society and Educational Reform during the Reign of Nicholas I, Rachel S. Salzman

The Heavenly Host: Angel Pietàs of the Italian Renaissance, Melissa L. Shive

Silent No Longer: Voices of the 1967 Newark Race Riots, Kimberly Siegal

Loving Thy Neighbor as Thyself: The Place of Judaism in the Identity of the English Unitarians, Jay I. Solomon

Christian Democratic Welfare Politics in the Age of Retrenchment: The CDU and the CSU in Germany - A Comparative Case Study, Lukas F. Streiff

"Dona Nobis Pacem": The Ironic Message of Peace in Britten's War Requiem, Justin C. Tackett

Suds and Selfhood: Marketing the Modern Woman in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's, Ariel Tichnor

Commercial Banks and Microfinance, Zeynep Ugur

Education in a federal system: A case-study of Belgium, Caroline Varin

Iser's Aesthetic Response Theory Viewed in the Context of Collaborative Hyperfictions, Natalie Ward

Killing Fields: Concepts and Processes, James M. Weed

Papers from 2005

Vicious Geography: The Spatial Organization of Prostitution in Twentieth Century Philadelphia, Sarah S. Bertozzi

Becoming a Monarch by Representing One: The Power of Role-play in Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Plays, Emily T. Cuneo

Credit and Co-Wives : exploring empowerment in Senegal, Amelia Duffy-Tumasz

A Neighborhood Threatened: The North 5th Street Corridor and Korean Business Flight, Miji Michelle Park

 
 

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